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Alonso still eyeing Juventus move

Xabi Alonso
Juventus pulled out of a potential move for Xabi Alonso in the summer

Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso says he is still tempted by a potential switch to Italian giants Juventus.

Juventus pulled out of a move for Alonso in the summer with coach Claudio Ranieri later revealing it was because the Spaniard was "too slow".

But that has not stopped Alonso, 26, reigniting the possibility of a transfer away from Anfield.

"To be honest, for my part, the attraction (to Juventus) has remained intact," said Alonso.

Instead of moving for Alonso, Juventus signed Christian Poulsen from Sevilla.

Juventus are Juventus, the most prestigious club in Italy, but you cannot be disappointed when you play for Liverpool

Xabi Alonso

"One thing I can say is that I personally appreciated the honesty of the club executives," Alonso told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"They told me their tactics on the pitch were different and that is why they chose Poulsen and not me.

"These are things that happen in football and it's fine. I could have gone but I didn't because, in the end, they chose someone else."

He added: "Juventus are Juventus, the most prestigious club in Italy, but you cannot be disappointed when you play for Liverpool."

Meanwhile, former Liverpool and Blackburn defender Stephane Henchoz has announced his retirement from football.

Henchoz has not been with a club since his contract with Blackburn ran out in June.

He won the Uefa Cup, FA Cup and League Cup in 2001, going on to make 205 appearances for the Reds.

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see also
'Slow' Alonso snubbed by Juventus
09 Oct 08 |  Liverpool
Juventus call off Alonso pursuit
15 Jul 08 |  Liverpool


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